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Massive Online Open Courses

MOOCs are massive online open courses, usually offered free of charge, created by faculty of higher education institutions and they are the most exciting, fastest growing innovation in higher education.

10/09/2013

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Penn Researchers Spotlight More Effective Cancer Treatment

The research team found that despite clear evidence that one radiation treatment is as effective as multiple doses, most doctors use multiple doses.

10/08/2013

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Using Facebook Status Updates To See What Kind Of Person You Are

Researchers at Penn used social media to understand how “updates” and “likes” differ between personality types.

10/07/2013

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Grit Trumps Talent

When we think of well-achieved kids, we think of talent and brains. But new research suggests we should think again.

10/07/2013

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Positively Philadelphia: Hijinks With The Sphinx

The Penn Museum celebrates the 100th anniversary of the arrival in Philadelphia of a 15-ton Egyptian treasure.

10/06/2013

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With Guidance Counselors All But Gone, Philadelphia Students Scramble

The funding crisis has caused the Philadelphia school district to slash the number of college guidance counselors.

10/03/2013

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Penn Students Launch App That Connects Undergrads To College Parties

Penn students looking to party can now turn to their smartphones.

10/02/2013

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Colleges Join Ed-Tech Revolution

Higher education may be at a turning point, joining the ed-tech revolution by creating in-house technology incubators.

10/02/2013

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University Of Pennsylvania To Study Why People Still Smoke In 2013

The University of Pennsylvania has received a grant to study smoking behaviors. It is a five year, $20 million study that will examines why people still smoke in 2013.

09/29/2013

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2 Local Professionals Among MacArthur Foundation Fellows

Two area professionals are among this year’s crop of MacArthur Foundation Fellows, each winning national recognition for their work as well as a financial award.

09/25/2013

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Expert Says Plan To Sell Off Philly School Buildings Won’t Fetch Much Cash

University of Pennsylvania design professor Harris Steinberg thinks most of the now-shuttered buildings will bring the city little money — if they can be sold at all.

09/14/2013

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Former Univ. of Pa. President Sheldon Hackney Dead at 79

Hackney was Penn’s president from 1981 until 1993, when he left to become chair of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

09/13/2013

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Local Researchers: BMI Should Not Be Only Predictor Of Poor Health

Local doctors are suggesting that a BMI score should not be the only predictor of poor health related to obesity.

09/08/2013

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New Jersey Providing More Resources In Effort To Find What’s Behind Dolphin Deaths

New Jersey is stepping up its efforts to find out what is behind the recent rash of dolphin deaths at the shore.

08/31/2013

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Penn Professor Says Test-Directed Teaching Demonizes Teachers

Prof. Michael Katz says market-based education reform focuses on the wrong issues, leaving teachers in a no-win situation.

08/31/2013

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